“Mom, do you love me even when I do bad things?” my 9-year-old daughter, Isabelle, asked one night as I tucked her into bed. I quickly assured her that, even though there may be times when I’m disappointed with her choices, my love for her never changes. Isabelle is my child. She is part of me, and we have a special connection. Nothing can make me love her any more. Nothing can make me love her any less.
Isabelle’s fear is familiar to all of us. According to the Bible, the longing to be validated is common to the human heart. Proverbs 19:22 says, “What a man desires is unfailing love.”
Friend, there is One who promises and delivers such a love. God’s affection toward you is not based upon your performance or achievements. It doesn’t matter how “good” you are or whether your life is steeped in sin. In fact, that’s precisely why Jesus came – to make a way for us to know God in a personal way. Because Jesus died, we can live. Because He suffered, we are free. Because He rose again, we can have eternal life.
God’s love for you is also not based upon feeling. It’s unconditional, undying, and unchanging. When you commit your life to God, you become His child and are adopted into His family. Your relationship with Him is permanent and secure. It doesn’t matter if you’re serving the Lord wholeheartedly or if your heart is cold and distant. He loves you just the same.
With God, you can have the deepest desire of your heart met. You can know unfailing love – love that never gives up and fills you with joy, hope, and peace. There truly is no greater love. Yes, God loves you even when, even if, and despite of any negative thing that comes to your mind. He loves you. Period.